Bollywood actress Preity Zinta has turned 49 years old. Preity is counted among the most successful actresses of Bollywood. She made her place in the industry by working in many great films including ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Veer Zara’. Preity is now settled in America where she lives with husband Gene Goodenough and two children.
According to media reports, Preity can make a comeback with Sunny Deol starrer film ‘Lahore 1947’. Recently she was also seen in a studio in Mumbai for the look test of this film. Preity was last seen in ‘Bhaiyaji Superhit’. This film was released in 2018.
After this she stopped working in films, because she was associated with the cricket world. In 2008 itself, she became the co-owner of Punjab Kings in IPL. Despite a successful career, why did Preity leave Bollywood and join the cricket world? Let’s look at some interesting facts of his life…
Preity was born on January 31, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Her parents’ names are Durganand Zinta and Neelprabha. Preity’s father was an officer in the Indian Army. WhenPreity was 13 years old, her father died in a car accident.
Her mother also suffered serious injuries in this accident due to which she was bedridden for two years. After much treatment his condition improved. This accident also had a deep impact on Preeti’s life. It took him a long time to recover from this.
Preeti did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary School, Shimla. After this he did further studies from St. Bede College, Shimla. Preity is one of the most educated actresses of Bollywood. She did her graduation in English Honors and post graduation in Criminal Psychology.
In 1996, Preity had gone to a friend’s birthday party where she met a director. This director offered her to work in a chocolate advertisement which Preeti accepted. After this she appeared in many advertisements. During an audition in 1997, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur noticed Preity and offered her the film ‘Tara Rum Pum’, but this film could not be made. Then Preity was offered Kundan Shah’s film Kya Kehna.
‘Soldier’ was a hit film released in 1998. It was directed by Abbas-Mustan. Bobby Deol and Preity were seen in the lead roles of the film. Preity had written on social media on completion of 24 years of ‘Soldier’ – ‘Soldier was my first signed film. I was confused that I was going to work with two directors with the same name. Thanks to Abbas and Mastan Bhai that they never let me feel down. I would also like to thank Ramesh ji very much that he never scolded me for that when I took a week’s leave before shooting the climax and went to give my psychology exam.
After this, Preity worked in many hit films in her career like ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, ‘Veer Zara’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’. However, after ‘Bhaiyaji Superhit’ released in 2018, Preeti took a break.
Now recently there have been reports in the media that Preity may make a comeback in films after six years. She has given the look test of Sunny Deol’s next film Lahore 1947. Before this, Sunny and Preeti have worked together in films like ‘Hero: Love Story of a Spy’, ‘Farz’.
Preity had revealed in an interview that she had come into films because she only wanted to earn money. Preity had said, let me tell you the truth, I never knew that I would become an actor because I was a tom boy since childhood. Every boy in my town knew me, because beautiful girls used to be my friends. No one wanted to be my friend and people just used me as a stepping stone to reach my friends.
In 2008, along with her acting career, Preity also joined the cricket world. When IPL was starting, she invested money in Team Kings Punjab and became its co-owner. Till 2009, she was the only woman owner of an IPL team. Apart from this, she also became the youngest owner of an IPL team.
In an interview, Preity had given the reason for leaving acting and joining the world of cricket. Preity had said, ‘Of course I have missed acting all these years. I also got offers for many films during that time. I also considered his script, but things did not materialize. And yes, I was always fascinated by the business world. I wanted to earn a lot of money, so I thought of trying my hand in business.
Preity had said in an interview that the film ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ released in 2001 was her most challenging film. Preity played the role of a prostitute in this film. Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee also played lead roles in this film.
Preity had said, ‘Salman is very old-fashioned, if he felt cheapness anywhere in his dialogues or dress, he would have got it changed immediately. He always focuses on decency in his films. Similarly, I also come from a family with an army background, so I cannot embarrass my family by doing any kind of vulgar film. I do script selection very honestly. If I don’t like the script, I tell it to my face, but don’t throw tantrums that I don’t have dates.
Preity’s personal life has also been in the headlines. She dated businessman Ness Wadia for five years. She separated from Ness Wadia in 2009. Despite the breakup, both remained co-owners of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, but in the year 2014, their dispute again came into the headlines.
Preity lodged a police complaint against Ness for violence. She had said in the complaint that Ness had misbehaved with him during a match going on at Wankhede Stadium and threatened to make her disappear. Ness had said that she is a modest actress and he is a powerful person. Preity was very scared after this incident. After a case that lasted for years, both of them separated from each other personally and professionally.
After breakup with Ness, Preity married American citizen Gene Goodenough in 2016. On February 29, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. After about 6 months, Preity and Gene’s wedding photos were revealed. In the year 2021, Preity became the mother of twins through surrogacy. She had shared this information in a post on social media.
According to media reports published in 2023, Preity’s net worth is approximately Rs 183 crore. Her annual income is around Rs 12 crore. Apart from being the co-owner of Punjab Kings, she has also been a film producer, television host and judge in reality shows. Approximately Rs 1.5 crore for Preity brand endorsement. Charges.
Talking about Preity’s lifestyle, she has two luxurious houses in Mumbai. Apart from this, there is also a house in Shimla which is worth Rs 7 crore. Is where he was born. She also has a house in Beverly Hills, USA where she lives with her husband Gene and children.